Presentation skills: the 18 minute talk

The TED (technology, entertainment, design) conferences have long been champions of the short 18 minute presentation. In fact, many people believe that this is the future of all business presentations. So when it comes to your presentation, why is a length of 18 minutes optimal? Because 18 minutes is short enough to hold attention, but [...]

negotiation tactics

Do underhanded negotiation tactics work?

The answer, unfortunately, is usually yes. Research on negotiations skills and tactics shows that the party who is most competitive usually gets a better deal than the party who is either accommodative, compromising or even collaborative. So, if you take the other negotiator or team of negotiators by surprise, play on their weak points, threaten [...]

Life Lessons from the Olympics

Life lessons from the Olympics

The Summer Olympics have come and gone, leaving us with memories of great achievements and also of painful disappointments. However, reflecting on these tears of joy and disappointment provides some valuable lessons on living life well – and these lessons can remain with us forever. My blog today is based on an article written by Julia [...]

Walk the Talk Team

Wheelie Walkers at 702′s Walk the Talk

On Saturday 22nd July 2012, staff at Maurice Kerrigan Africa participated in the Discovery 702 Walk the Talk for our charity, the Ann Harding Cheshire Home. The Ann Harding Cheshire Home in Randburg, Johannesburg provides 24 hour care and accommodation for physically disabled people of all races, colours and creeds. Eleven Maurice Kerrigan staff did [...]

Why do performance management systems fail?

Businesses exist in a turbulent environment, which means they need to continuously re-invent themselves in order to remain competitive within the global economy. Performance management systems are a way of understanding and managing the performance of individuals and teams within an agreed framework so that a business can stay competitive. With this context, I conducted [...]

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